Peter Skelton QC appointed Counsel for the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police at the Undercover Policing Inquiry - Sep 2019
Peter has immense experience in inquests and coronial law, having spent over 20 years representing coroners and interested persons, from bereaved families to government departments, including the MOJ and the MOD.
He has undertaken many complex and high-profile inquests involving unlawful killing, national security, detention and medical or psychiatric treatment. Several of these cases have involved hearings in the High Court, Divisional Court and Court of Appeal.
Peter is presently counsel for the Metropolitan Police Commissioner in the inquests into the deaths of the victims of serial killer Stephen Port. Between 2016 and 2019 he was counsel to the inquests into the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings and the sudden death of the Russian businessman Alexander Perepilichnyy.
Peter has a particular interest in inquests that engage the state’s responsibilities under Article 2 of the ECHR, ‘the right to life’. In 2014 and 2015, he was invited by the Chief Coroner to provide a series of lectures on this subject to the coroners of England and Wales.
“He’s very bright, effective and has a very nice, laid-back manner in court.” “He is a really superb public lawyer.” (Chambers & Partners 2019)
‘He can plot the way through complex issues and his knowledge of coronial law is superb.’ (Legal 500 2018)
“A confident advocate and good communicator.” (Legal 500 2017)
“He comes up with novel ideas, provides a realistic and sensible evaluation of cases and deals with difficult clients well. He just navigates the course through.” “Great on his feet, thinks quickly, sharp as a razor and very articulate.” (Chambers & Partners 2017)
“Simply excellent.” (Legal 500 2016)
- Stephen Port Inquests.
- Birmingham Inquests (1974)
- Coroner for Birmingham Inquests (1974) v Hambleton  EWCA Civ 2081.
- Alexander Perepilichnyy Inquest
- Secretary of State for the Home Department v HM Senior Coroner for Surrey  EWHC 3001 (Admin),  4 WLR 191.
- Alice Gross Inquest.
- Brecon Beacons Inquest.
- In Amenas Inquest.
- Coagh Inquest (Northern Ireland).
Peter Skelton QC in hearing of claim by child of an undercover police officer - May 2019
The Birmingham Pub Bombings Inquest concludes - Apr 2019
The Birmingham Pub Bombings Inquest opens - Feb 2019
Inquest into the death of Alexander Perepilichnyy concludes - Dec 2018
The Kenyan Emergency Group Litigation is at an end - Nov 2018
Guy Mansfield QC upholds Kenya Emergency Group Litigation judgment in Court of Appeal - Oct 2018
Peter Skelton QC, Matthew Hill and Gideon Barth successful in Court of Appeal inquests challenge - Sep 2018
Peter Skelton QC, Matthew Hill and Gideon Barth in Court of Appeal inquests challenge - Jul 2018
1COR Public Law Seminar – Life, Liberty & Security - Sep 2017
Peter Skelton QC and Robert Wastell, Leanne Woods instructed as counsel for the inquest into Mr Perepilichnyy’s death - Apr 2017
Profits from the sale of the Inquest Book given to the Bar Pro Bono Unit - Nov 2016
Birmingham bombings inquest to be reopened - Jun 2016
Birmingham Coroner hears application to re-open inquests into the 1974 IRA Birmingham Pub bombings - Feb 2016
‘Six of the Best!’ 6 members appointed Queen’s Counsel - Jan 2016
1COR quiz team wins the Leigh Day / Silverlining Brain Injury Charity Quiz night - Feb 2015
New appointments to the Attorney General’s A and C Panels - Feb 2014
4 members of 1COR in the Kenyan Mau Mau Case - Jun 2013
Nine members of 1COR involved in Al-Sweady Public Inquiry - Mar 2013
New Appointments to the Attorney General’s A, B and C Panels – February 2013 - Feb 2013
One Crown Office Row instructed on Jimmy Savile claims - Feb 2013
Members of 1COR acted in the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust Public Inquiry - Feb 2013
Members of One Crown Office Row acted in the Leveson Inquiry - Nov 2012
Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC, Henry Witcomb and Peter Skelton are representing women who were wrongly diagnosed with breast cancer by Ian Paterson - Nov 2012
Lizanne Gumbel QC, Justin Levinson and Peter Skelton are instructed to act on behalf of sexual abuse victims of Jimmy Savile - Oct 2012
Peter Skelton acting for the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime in the Leveson Inquiry - May 2012
New Appointments to the Attorney General’s A, B and C Panels – February 2012 - Feb 2012
Peter Skelton in Supreme Court case on closed material procedure - Jul 2011
Peter Skelton joins One Crown Office Row - Nov 2010